What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Your smile is a strong reflector of your personality and self-confidence. If you are conscious of tooth discolouration, chipping, gaps, crooked or missing teeth, you may be reluctant to smile naturally. At Crescent Dental we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry that can help to deal with all these common problems, making a significant improvement to your appearance and smile.

Cosmetic dentistry has soared in popularity in recent years due to a combination of new technology, advanced materials, improved procedures, and increased awareness among people of the dramatic impact it can have on your appearance and well being. A perfect smile has never been easier to obtain.

The benefits of cosmetic dentistry may be primarily based on improving your appearance, however there can be additional benefits that are both emotional and physical. In addition to a boost in self-image and self-esteem, people are more likely to look after their oral health when they are happy with their teeth.

Common cosmetic dental procedures

There are a wide range of techniques used in cosmetic dentistry. Following is a brief overview of the most common procedures.

Crowns – Crowns are tooth-coloured caps that permanently bond to your tooth, becoming the new outer surface. They fully cover a tooth above the gum line to strengthen teeth, rebuild broken or decayed teeth and improve their appearance.

Veneers – Veneers are an ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain cover that is glued directly on to the front of your tooth. They are used to correct chipped teeth, narrow gaps between teeth, or in some cases to cover discoloured teeth that have not respond well to whitening procedures. Veneers are resistant to staining, will not decay, and may be a simpler alternative to crowns in some cases.

Home Teeth Whitening – The most common cosmetic dental procedure involves the use of specially formulated bleach to whiten stained, discoloured or dull teeth. Significant results can be achieved within two weeks, although bleaching may not be appropriate in people who have oral symptoms of some diseases.

In-Surgery Whitening – Zoom! is an advanced whitening treatment that can deliver results in just 60 minutes from a single visit. The process is proven to be safe, and with care lasts between 2 to 3 years. Find our more here.

Bonding – Bonding is a treatment for chipped, cracked, gapped, discoloured or oddly shaped teeth. A hard resin that matches your tooth colour is applied, and is then sculpted, hardened and polished.

Composite resin (White Fillings) – If you have the old silver amalgam fillings that require replacement, they can be replaced with composite resin. Your old unsightly fillings are removed and replaced with the tooth coloured resin, making your fillings virtually invisible.

Is there a cosmetic dental procedure for you?

People who seek out cosmetic dentistry vary widely, from children to elderly people. If you would like to improve the appearance of your teeth, and your smile, there are a wide variety of treatment options available to you. Be aware that some problems, such as overlapping, missing or severely gapped teeth, may require additional orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that can be used to compliment cosmetic dentistry, and includes corrective techniques such as braces, plates and bridges to correct problems of the teeth and jaw.